Peace & Stability Journal Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 6

international community to save lives and resolve complex problems. Finally, “Bravo Zulu” (“well done”) to the crew of the Carney for doing the right thing by taking a break from their opera- tional schedule to treat all 97 migrants with the upmost dig- nity and respect. They were true Ambassadors of the U.S. and international community. The humanitarian actions taken by the Commanding Officer and crew of the USS CARNEY are true testaments to the moral fiber of the United States Navy. In addition, they ensured the rescue was recorded, publicized, and developed lessons learned to share with others. A great first step in saving lives and reminding the international community of the significant challenges migrants at sea pose to regional stability and peace. were brothers, and they were accompanied by their cousin, also named Muhammad. Ahmed is confined to a wheel chair. He was seriously injured at some point either during or prior to the journey. Ahmed told me he was in a car accident, but a few of the scars around his neck area told a different story appearing more like scars from a weapon. One thing that was clear was Muhammed’s love and support for his brother, as he ensured his safety and survival throughout their journey across the Medi- terranean. All three desire to make it to Switzerland one day. Like the gentleman from Ghana their story is another story of desire, hope, promise, and faith ( watch?v=XprHo-TnY80&t=23s ). During my departure from Sicily, I ironically met a couple of la- dies at the airport who were working at a United Nations stand. They were raising public awareness and financial support for the current migrant challenges in the Mediterranean. I applaud their humanitarian efforts, but this may not be enough to quell the surge of migrants or enhance the migrant camp conditions. Admittedly, in the case of the USS CARNEY, we are living in a world of unknowns in that, we are dealing with mass migrant scenarios for the first time. As the operational pace in the Mediterranean and other strategic locations around the globe continues to accelerate and become more contested, all mariners must adhere to their moral and ethical responsibilities at sea. All mariners can learn from the crew of the Carney’s experience and lead by example. We all must continue to work together to develop lessons learned, share information, revise/update policy regularly, and put in place a framework that utilizes the entire 4 About the author: After graduating from the U.S. Army War College class of 2016, CDR Danny King joined the staff at PK- SOI. He is the Senior Navy Advisor for PKSOI, Joint Integra- tor, and leads the Chairman Joints Chief of Staff ( J-7) Irregular Warfare-Security Force Assistance (IW-SFA) working group for PKSOI. PKSOI promotes the collaborative development and integration of peace and stability capabilities across the services, whole of government, NATO, and UN partners to enable the success of peace and stability missions.